243rd Marine Corps Birthday Ball


General, USMC (Ret.)

35th Commandant of the Marine Corps

Chairman of the Board, Semper Fi Fund


General Amos most recently served as the 35th Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps, retiring on Dec. 1, 2014, after 42 years of active service. He currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund/America’s Fund, and as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Lord Corporation.


Born in the northwest, General Amos graduated from the University of Idaho. After commissioning, he attended pilot training in Pensacola, FL. General Amos was privileged to command Marine units at every rank from Lieutenant Colonel to General – during peacetime and in combat. Nominated by the President, General Amos assumed the duties as the 35th Commandant of the Marine Corps on 22 October 2010. During his tenure he completed the Corps’ combat mission in Afghanistan, shepherded the beginning of a force reduction from 240,000 Marines to 221,000, while managing the Corps’ $27+ billion dollar annual budget – all during a period of marked fiscal austerity. Despite significant fiscal challenges, the Marine Corps continued to respond to multiple crises and international challenges around the world. General Amos established Marine Crisis Response commands in both Africa and the Middle East, all while adding an additional 1,000 Marine Security Guards to America’s embassies around the world in response to the Benghazi tragedy.


He partnered with key legislators to bring national recognition to the service and sacrifices of the Corps’ WWII African American “Montford Point Marines” with the awarding of the Congressional Gold Medal. Lastly, as the Corps came out of 13 years of sustained combat, he began an institutional effort to “ethically reground” his force in line with its high standards of Honor, Courage, and Commitment.



The 2018 "Wine Country Marine Corps Birthday Ball"  celebrating the 243rd Birthday of the United States Marine Corps will be held on Saturday, Nov 3rd, 2018.




The Cocktail Reception starts at 6:30 p.m. followed by the Ceremony at 7:00 p.m. A multi course dinner will be served during the Dance immediately following the Ceremony.  If you have purchased a VIP Cocktail Hour Ticket, then you may enter the cocktail reception as early as 5:30pm.




The 2018 Birthday Ball will be held at the Jacuzzi Family Vineyards located at 24724 Arnold Drive in Sonoma, California. Visit the Web site at: http://www.jacuzziwines.com/




Ball tickets provide access to the dinner and ceremony, and the 30 minutes prior to the ball for general cocktails and reception.  For access to the VIP Cocktail hour that starts 1 hour prior to the ball ceremony, a VIP pass will need to be purchased in addition to the ball ticket.




The "Wine Country Marine Corps Birthday Ball" is celebrated annually on or about November 10th in Sonoma, California by Marines, friends of the Corps and members of the other U.S. Armed Forces (Active Duty, Reserve, Retired, or Honorably Discharged). The Birthday Ball is open to both Officer and Enlisted men and women along with their guests.   The Ball in 2018 will take place on Nov 3rd.




Required attire for men is black tie or "best" military uniform. A coat and tie is required. The wearing of miniature medals is encouraged. The formal evening (mess) dress uniform for both Commissioned Officers and SNCOs is a popular choice. The uniform of the Marine Corps League (the scarlet blazer or evening dress jacket with gold cummerbund) is also appropriate. Ladies' attire should meet similar standards.

General James Amos,

USMC Retired, 35th CMC

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